The new Tavor 7 is battle-ready and has real potential for European and Asian markets
JERUSALEM, Israel (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Armed forces in Western and Eastern Europe are showing interest in the TAVOR7 the new version of the assault rifle developed by Israel Weapons Industries (IWI), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
A company official revealed that the new version is being evaluated by what he referred to as “Armed Forces” in Western and Eastern European countries but refused to reveal more details.
The growing operational demands of armies brought Israel weapon industries (IWI) to develop a new family of assault rifles that will replace other assault rifles and mainly the U.S made M-16 that through the years, became some sort of standard for many armies including the Israeli defence forces (IDF)
In Israel the operational need became urgent during the first Lebanon war in 1982. After this war, many lessons have been learned – one was the need for a new personal weapon that will fit the type of war the IDF and other armies fight. The result is the TAVOR family of assault rifles.
According to Shlomi Sabag, IWI’s CEO the IWI TAVOR 7 7.62×51 enables users from the military and law enforcement markets to operate in a wide variety of scenarios at short and medium range with enhanced firepower – efficiently, safely and with only minimal maintenance.
The TAVOR 7 is a fully ambidextrous platform on which the ejection side and the charging handle can be switched quickly and easily from side to side by the user. The ambidextrous features include: safety lever, magazine release.
The IWI TAVOR 7 also includes a Picatinny rail, to allow the use of multiple devices and accessories. The rifle’s body is built from high-strength, impact-modified polymer, and has a hammer-forged, chrome-lined, free-floating barrel for enhanced accuracy and life cycle.
The rifle has an overall length of 28.4″ (723 mm) and a weight without a magazine of 9lbs (4.1 Kg).
Due to the dynamic changes in the battlefield and the necessity of a potent 7.62mm cartridge weapon with superior performance, granting the troops an innovative, powerful, accurate and reliable weapon that can be rapidly and easily deployed in all combat situations- IWI created the TAVOR 7 7.62X51mm Assault Rifle.
TAVOR 7 is a bullpup configuration system – rear center of gravity enabling a rapid acquisition of the target and providing the ability to fire the weapon with only one hand.
Furthermore, due to the bullpup configuration, the weapon’s overall length can be significantly reduced without modifying the barrel length, allowing maneuverability in CQB / confined spaces and at the same time, being lethal for long ranges.
TAVOR 7 is a battle-ready innovative weapon, built to be durable and robust, designed in close collaboration with the IDF to create a weapon with outstanding performance and accuracy in all environmental conditions with enhanced human ergonomics.
According to the company, TAVOR 7 is made of superior steel and high strength impact modified polymer; it has a rotating bolt system ensuring maximum safety for the user.
TAVOR 7 can be
easily adapted, depending on the operational requirements, military or law
enforcement tasks – vehicle patrol & use, CQB & confined spaces, under
cover missions – short and medium combat engagement, custom police operations,
VIP protection, etc.
Ronen Hamudot VP marketing of IWI said that there are additional potential markets in Asia. In 2017, the Israeli company has opened a production site in India. The is as part of a joint venture with Indian defence conglomerate Punj Lloyd.
The prior versions of the TAVOR assault rifle are the standard weapon of the Israeli defence forces (IDF) infantry units. It has replaced the U.S made F-16.
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